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“Game Changer”: How EU May Shut Turkish Door On Migrants

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 8  – A European Union draft deal with Turkey to stop migrants reaching Greece introduces a harder edge of coercion to what critics have derided as a hitherto feeble EU response to a crisis tearing it apart. Just last week, some saw European Council President Donald Tusk running short on

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Lesvos: Where Sympathy and Sanctuary Endure

By Anna Pantelia As winter takes its toll and high winds whip the sea up into a frenzy, men, women and children huddle together in rubber dinghies. Many are braving an unimaginable journey from Turkey destined to the tiny Greek island of Lesvos. As they reach the shore, hundreds of lifeguards and local volunteers rush forth

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NATO Overcomes Greek-Turkish Tensions to Agree Aegean Mission

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 25 – NATO allies have agreed to a plan for their ships in the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece counter criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, NATO’s chief said on Thursday, overcoming territorial sensitivities between Greece and Turkey. After late night talks in Brussels, NATO envoys set out

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Greek President Accuses Turkish Port Officials of Helping People Smugglers

BERLIN, Jan 18 – Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said Turkey was not doing enough to reduce the number of migrants arriving in Europe and accused Turkish port officials of helping people smugglers. Turkey reached a deal with EU officials late last year to keep more refugees inside its borders and stop them travelling on. Thousands

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Turkey Finds Bodies of 27 Migrants on Aegean Coast

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Jan 5 – Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees

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Politics

YEMEN AT WAR:Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned from exile after six months, following a Saudi led intervention to stave off Houthi control. Social Streams

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Refugees

LENDING HAND: Asylum seekers reach Lesbos in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the coast near Skala Sikaminias. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands in August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. Spurred by public anger over the humanitarian crisis, the European Union has turned its attention to helping Syrian refugees escaping

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Refugee and Migrant Arrivals in EU Pass 1 Million in 2015: U.N.

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Dec 22 – The number of refugees and migrants arriving by land and sea in the European Union has passed 1 million this year, while a further 3,600 died or went missing, the U.N. refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. Half of those arriving were Syrians

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Six Syrians Arrested in Argentina for Traveling With Fake Greek Passports

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents were probably obtained in Turkey. The six, including one minor, were taken into

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